‘Gold bullion coin” refers to coins minted (usually by governments) that sell for a small premium over their metal content, not at high premiums due to rare dates or mintages. Pictured below are gold bullion coins from Australia, Austria, Canada, Mexico, South Africa and the United States.
First minted in 1986, the American Eagle gold coins come in four sizes: 1 oz., ½ oz., ¼ oz. and 1/10 ounce.
Gold Kilobars (32.148 Troy oz. each) are available, but they are not recommended for most investors because each bar is currently worth $40,000 (with gold at $1,240).
The Canadian Gold Maple Leaf is pure gold; available in several sizes, with the most popular sizes of 1/10 oz, ¼ oz., ½ oz. and 1 oz.
The Gold Canadian Maple Leaf is available in many sizes, including the 1/10 oz. These small coins would be very useful in a barter situation.
Craig Rhyne sold this rare 1991 10,000 Yuan 5 Kilogram Chinese Panda to a client when gold was less than $500 per ounce. Today, with gold at $1,242, the value of the gold is $200,000. Pandas are available in many sizes, the 1 oz is the most popular.
$1 million now worth $3.7 million: 1,500 Canadian Gold Maple Leaf 1 oz. coins AND fifteen 100 oz. gold bars, purchased by a client when the spot price was $320, for $1 million. Total weight approx. 206 lbs. and taking a space of 5” x 10” x 18”. Value as of February 8, 2017: $3,726,000
The “original” gold bullion coin was the South African Krugerrand, first produced in 1967. It is still the most widely traded gold bullion coin in the world, with 48 million in circulation. The coin comes in four sizes: 1 oz., ½ oz., ¼ oz. and 1/10 oz.
Introduced as the Australian Nugget and now known as the Kangaroo, these gold bullion coins are available in many sizes, 1/20 oz., 1/10 oz., ¼ oz., ½ oz., 1 oz., 2 oz., 10 oz., and Kilo. Pictured is the popular 1 oz coin.
The Austrian Philharmonic Gold coins (obverse and reverse sides shown) are 999.9 fine gold and come in four sizes: 1 oz., ½ oz, ¼ oz. and 1/10 oz.